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Brad Paisley and Wife Kimberly Fight Hunger on ‘Sesame Street’

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It seems no neighborhood has gone unaffected by the U.S. economic crisis, including one of the most famous fictional streets in America, ‘Sesame Street.’ The long-running children’s show has partnered with Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley to introduce Lily, an impoverished Muppet created to teach children the reality of poverty and hunger in the United States. The Paisleys will appear in a one-hour prime-time special, ‘Growing Hope Against Hunger,’ to raise awareness of the ongoing problem.

“Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” Brad says in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “We are honored that ‘Sesame Street,’ with its long history of tackling difficult issues with sensitivity, caring and warmth asked us to be a part of this important project.”

With nearly one in four American households affected by poverty, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 17 million children have limited access to nutritional and affordable meals. The upcoming prime-time special featuring Brad and Kim will share real-life stories of families who struggle with the uncertainty of daily nourishment.

Chain retail giant Walmart joined in the outreach by sponsoring the show as part of a $1.5 million grant aimed toward the initiative and holding screenings in participating communities. The special will air on PBS nationwide on Oct. 9.

Parents can click here to learn more, including age-sensitive tips on how to discuss the issue with your child.

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